Plant quarterback Colby Brown was one of five Panther football players who signed letters of intent to play at the next level in a national signing day ceremony on Feb. 5.
At that point Brown, who amassed 2,905 passing yards in his senior season, was headed to Eastern Illinois to gray shirt, meaning he would have to sit out for a semester before he could play.
But after examining his offers, Brown, who is not bound to Eastern Illinois because of the gray shirt, decided to take an offer to play at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. There, coach Robert Weiner said, Brown will likely play for a semester before being re-recruited.
“The thought process was, if he had to sit out for a semester anyway, why not be playing for a semester at one of the top community colleges?” Weiner said.
Brown transferred to Plant from Orlando Olympia after his sophomore season, then sat the bench for most of his junior year, playing behind starter Aaron Banks.
Because his high school career didn’t take off until the 2013 season, his senior year, Brown’s recruiting process was affected.
“You have to be recruited as a junior, and Colby didn’t play a lot his junior year,” Weiner said. “So it was really a matter of him resetting the clock. His senior in high school film will be like his junior-year film, and his Coffeyville film will be like his senior film.”